A British design scandal, wood prices are on the rise, and more
As the American population gets vaccinated, imagining a post-pandemic life is a key topic of conversation. To Google staff, that future looks like inflatable balloon protection walls and camp-themed outdoor work areas. As the design industry adapts to a changing world, stay up to date with our weekly roundup of headlines, launches and events, recommended reading, and more.
The Salone del Mobile will officially take place September 5-10 at the Rho Fiera exhibition space near Milan, Italy – an announcement that follows recent leadership changes and fears exhibitors may step back in uncertainty linked to the pandemic. According to a statement, the 59th edition of the annual furniture and design fair will be coordinated by an internationally renowned curator (who has not been appointed) and exhibitions and events will be presented alongside a digital platform at come.
In other trade show news, Maison & Objet has confirmed that its next show will take place from September 9 to 13 in Paris Nord Villepinte, after the French government gave the green light for fairs and exhibitions to be held without limit. capacity from June 30.
Kitchen and home brand Food52 acquired the Dansk brand from Lenox Corporation. Made famous for bringing Scandinavian design to American kitchens and homes in the 1960s and 1970s, Dansk is best known for their colorful enameled steel cookware. Food52 is planning a major relaunch for the heritage household products brand – revamping archival items, revitalizing staples and developing new designs, including limited edition collections made in collaboration with top designers.
According to research conducted by Furniture todayVietnam managed to surpass China as the top exporter of finished goods to the United States in 2020, exporting $ 7.4 billion in furniture last year, compared to China’s $ 7.33 billion. The industry news site found that although Vietnam has only a small advantage over China, its exports increased by 31% from 2019, while those from China decreased by 25%. % compared to the same year. According to FT, this change can be largely attributed to the increase in US tariffs on all categories of furniture outside of China starting in 2018 – a move that has steadily pushed companies into Vietnam.
Meredith Corporation this week announced the sale of its Local Media Group broadcasting division – made up of 17 television stations in 12 local markets – to Gray Television, Inc. the magazines and digital assets will be transferred to shareholders as a stand-alone company. , after which Gray will acquire all of the outstanding shares for approximately $ 14.50 per share in cash or $ 2.7 billion in total enterprise value. Following the sale, Meredith will focus on growing its National Media Group portfolio, which includes personal titles such as Better houses and gardens, Living in the south and Martha Stewart alive.
Timber prices climb into record territory, Vox reports, generating big profits for sawmill owners as homebuyers and DIY fanatics continue to drive up demand. In a typical year, the price of 1,000 board feet of lumber is between $ 200 and $ 400 – it has now climbed to $ 1,000, and future contracts will hold that level until November. The problem stems from the early days of the pandemic, when timber producers suspended operations to prepare for a downturn in business. Instead, the boom in the home industry has caused lumber and plywood to fly off the shelves, and with the start of the summer construction season, it’s unclear when prices will return to normal levels.
Design Holding has partnered with Italian luxury brand Fendi to launch Fashion Furniture Design, a joint venture that will oversee the development of the Fendi Casa furniture business. Former President of Fendi Europe and Middle East Alberto Da Passano was asked to lead as CEO, while Artistic Director of Accessories and Menswear Silvia Venturini Fendi will provide creative advice for the development of the design. FF Design is already developing the new Fendi Casa collections, which will be released next January through selective retailers and a network of new single-brand boutiques offering additional interior design services.
Launches and collaborations
Designate Nina Freudenberger has teamed up with Lulu & Georgia to launch a new collection of rugs with geometric shapes and high-low texture. Inspired by the women of the Bauhaus design movement, each piece borrows the influence of a figure of the same name, including the artist Benita Koch-Otte, textile designer Otti berger and weaver Marli Ehrmann.
NextWall has partnered with the product designer Stacy Garcia for a peel-and-stick wallpaper line called The Sojourn Collection, available within the Stacy Garcia Home brand. The self-adhesive wallpaper line comes in a range of patterns and colors, each influenced by the concept of adventure and designed to be mixed together for a signature look.
Photo courtesy of Fabricut
Photo courtesy of Fabricut
Left: Photo courtesy of Fabricut | Right: Photo courtesy of Fabricut
Fabricut launched its first collection of rugs, featuring a line of hand-woven and hand-knotted rugs well suited to a layered design. The collection focuses on three distinct looks – luxury, natural and modern – available in four standard or custom sizes.
Representation of the showroom
Thomas Lavin hired six new national and international suppliers. New US additions include textile and wallcovering brands Area Environments, Aux Abris and Sarah von Dreele, in addition to furniture maker Douglas Jennings; while the British brand Fromental and the French company Casamance joined Thomas Lavin from abroad.
Gracie Studio Wallpaper is now available from Houston-based Moxie Interiors, a source of antiques, modern vintage furniture, lighting and decorative accessories.
Zimmer + Rohde will now represent leather, textile and technology company Joseph Noble in the D&D Building in New York City and throughout the greater New York City area.
Along with the rise of e-commerce, the obscure counterfeit furniture industry has been growing in the market in recent years, putting an estimated $ 4 billion decline in the luxury furniture industry every year, according to Fast company. In response, a group of designers came together in 2012 to create a non-profit organization called Be Original Americas, with the goal of purging the market for counterfeits and protecting intellectual property. “The original design is sacrosanct. People should be paid for it, ”says Kenneth baker, Managing Director of the architectural firm Gensler, which recently joined the group. In the years since its inception, the group has worked with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to spot and seize knockoffs, leading an effort that has become even more crucial to protecting businesses in a year where furniture sales have skyrocketed.
After 2000 years, it may be time for a renovation. For the reconstruction of the floor of the Roman Colosseum, the Italian Ministry of Culture chose the winning project, the New York Times reports – an architectural solution featuring a lattice of specially treated wooden slats designed to protect the underground corridors below, where ancient gladiators, wild animals and stage performers once waited to entertain Roman society. By 2023, after an $ 18 million renovation, visitors will be able to walk on a surface where these same performances and battles took place – though some critics question whether this will cause the monument more harm than good. .
At 10 Downing Street in London, where every British Prime Minister settles, an interior design scandal has erupted, the New York Times reports. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been accused in reports of dipping into Conservative Party donor funds to decorate the space, which sparked an investigation by the UK Election Commission. The scandal threw Johnson’s fiancé Carrie Symonds—Who led the charge on the apartment renovation – in public conversation with trending hashtags like #CarrieAntoinette.
Cue the applause
Monocle launched its first Design Awards, celebrating designers and new works in the fields of architecture, town planning, graphics and furniture production. Winners included David Chipperfield as architect of the year; Nkuli Mlangeni Berg of the textile brand The Ninevites as best new talent; The Tip Ton RE chair from the Swiss design company Vitra for sustainable design; and furniture designer Sabine Marcelis (creator of the Ikea LED wall light) for the most accessible design.
The Northern California section of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Arts has named the 2020 Julia Morgan Award winners for Classic Design Excellence in California, Oregon and Washington. Categories include Residential Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Design, Crafts & Crafts, Historical Restoration, Emerging Classicism, and Student Project. To consult the list of laureates, click here.
The National Kitchen and Bath Association’s Thirty Under 30 class chose the winning KBIS Virtual 2021 products in categories that include recycled / reused sustainability, outdoor living, and smart home integration. The class also selected an overall People’s Choice award for Emerson’s Insinkerator grind2energy waste recycling system. To see the full list of winners, click here.
The SIT Furniture Design Awards 2020 were announced in the Professional and Student categories, with entries from 53 different countries. Top winners include David rockwell for the design of furniture of the year; Sergio sesmero for Emerging Furniture Designer of the Year; Zhezeng Xiong and Zhenghui Long for interior design of the year; Cristal Martin for Emerging Interior Designer of the Year; and designer Wouter Myny for innovation of the year.
Photo of the home page: The Anni rug from the Bauhaus-inspired collection created in partnership with Nina Freudenberger and Lulu & Georgia | Courtesy of Lulu & Georgia